Zimbabwe At A Glance
Geography and Demograpghy
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country situated in Southern Africa. The total land area is 390 580 square kilometers. Zimbabwe is bordered by Mozambique on the east, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west and Zambia to the north and northwest. The country is divided into 10 administrative provinces and 62 districts. The capital city is Harare and the other main towns of the country are Bulawayo, Gweru, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Masvingo and Mutare.
The population of Zimbabwe is estimated at 12.2million (Census 2002) with over 49% of this being chidlren between 0-17 years .The national population growth is estimated at 1.4%. Zimbabwe is a multiracial country. The major ethnic groups are the Shona, the Karanga and Ndebele. Almost 2.3million children are enroled in primary schools.
UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Programme Action Plan
Children and women in Zimbabwe face complex social and economic problems, many of which make the realisation of their rights and well-being a challenge. In collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe, the international donor community, civil society organisations and other United Nations agencies, UNICEF works closely to address problems that affect children and women.
Since the late 1990s, the Zimbabwean economy has been underperforming. Negative growth rates resultant of hyperinflation; shortage of foreign currency, low investor confidence and successive droughts negatively affected the standard of life of the women and children in Zimbabwe. With a mirage of social and economic obstacles, Zimbabwe is in a difficult position to attain some its Millenium Development goals set for 2015.
Within the frameowrk of the 2007 - 2011 Country Programme in Zimbabwe, UNICEF works in collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe, the Intenational Donor Communities, local and international NGOs to realise results for women and children in Zimbabwe. This is done through five strategic programme areas:-
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